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Want a rookie starter? Draft an OT or LB

It's no secret the Dolphins need the coming NFL draft to provide them with two things: Starters. Stars.

This post is about finding starters. The fact is it is simply easier to find starters at certain positions than others, particularly if you want them to get into the lineup quickly.

The chart below from the folks at Draftmetrics shows that 53 rookies ended up starting in the NFL last season. Most of those were defensive ends, which is surprising when you figure that since 2002, the defensive end position has yielded 41 players who started as rookies -- behind linebacker, offenisve tackle, safety, cornerback and wide receiver.

Those 53 rookie starters represented the most of any draft in the last 10 years with the 2002 draft coming in second with 52 rookie starters. Draftmetrics defines a starter as a player who started at least eight games at his position.

Oh, yes, I know what you're thinking: The Dolphins need a starting QB. Well, last year was good for that. But traditionally QBs don't step up as rookies as you see in the chart. They are not the least productive position to yield rookies starters -- that belongs to the fullback spot -- but they're down there as you will see below:

 

QB

RB

FB

WR

TE

C

G

OT

DE

DT

LB

CB

S

All

2002

2

3

1

3

4

2

4

5

4

3

6

3

6

46

2003

2

1

2

4

1

3

4

3

2

3

4

5

4

38

2004

1

1

1

6

1

3

2

5

3

4

8

6

4

45

2005

1

2

0

4

2

0

7

6

3

1

8

7

6

47

2006

3

2

1

2

3

1

4

8

7

4

6

3

8

52

2007

1

2

2

5

1

0

4

5

4

2

5

8

5

44

2008

2

4

0

3

1

0

1

7

4

2

2

4

2

32

2009

3

1

0

5

2

3

2

5

2

2

6

5

5

41

2010

3

2

0

4

4

3

2

8

3

4

6

4

7

50

2011

4

0

1

6

3

3

6

5

9

5

7

2

2

53

Total

22

18

8

42

22

18

36

57

41

30

58

47

49

448

s

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first

2nd

3rd. Hello?

Draft Tannehill. Next Brady.

Well there goes that theory. The two lowest ranking positions, center and fullback, we had 2 rookies starting at last year(Clay when healthy and Pouncey).

Look For Wang acorn, You americans so stupid, I Now go back to work for corporate Giant SONY.

6th?

What kind of dumb a** n*gga that works for SONY, would take the time out to sh*t. Lyin' a** n*gga, probably works at McDonalds.

On another note, Dolphins should wait for next year to draft a QB, they're going to suck anyways. Unfortunate, but true

F*ck, Phuc Yu, don't come back here no more

Bill Parcells, Brandon Marshall, Chad Henne, Chad Pennington, Channing Crowder, Dan Henning, Jason Allen, Jason Taylor, John Beck, Pat White, Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Tony Sporano, Will Allen, Yeremiah Bell

All the guys who are talked about the most on this blog, aka the Right Sidebar, who are on different teams or retired. Says a lot about the lack of interesting players on this team when you have to look hard for a guy who is actually on the roster. 3-13 here we come!!!!!

I wouldn't mind 3-13, puts team in position to finally get a QB in the draft if Ireland doesn't f*ck it up this draft by over reaching

I don't care if our rookies struggle this year, or have growing pains. I just care that they're improving, and we're headed in the right direction.

Anyone expecting super-bowls right now is dreaming.
And Drafting for the right now, or filling the gaps for this season only is where we've gone wrong all these years.
Build, boys.

Just read on ESPN that Jim Irsay from the Colts thinks Tannehill is a gem in this draft, says other teams should trade to number 3 to get him

I No work atMcDonald, Only fat lazy american work there at 20 yen per hour, I Work For Giant Sony Corp. as VP of public relations.I Go to lunch now , Gonna have sea-weed with Dried shrimp., Makes wang big and strong, Now go eat fatty food at McDonalds Obeise American puppet.

There is only one starting QB spot so I would expect a lot less starting QBs using raw numbers. There might be 42 rookie receiver starters but there are at least two starting receiver spots so there were only 21 starters for each WR spot. If you divide the results by the number of available starting positions then QBs are tied with TEs as the second easiest position to find starters on offence after OTs.

Pretty silly blog post. I guess this means we should ONLY draft oline and LB's. Of COURSE we wouldn't do that (we need what we need).

Frankly, I disagree that we need "starters." For what, this is a rebuild year. We need the RIGHT talent for LONG-TERM success. That includes a developmental QB, a couple of WRs (which generally need a couple of years to learn their position) and others.

There is no simple (or guaranteed) way to get the personnel we need. The GM just needs to do his homework, and hope he hits more than he misses.

Just read on ESPN that Jim Irsay from the Colts thinks Tannehill is a gem in this draft, says other teams should trade to number 3 to get him
Posted by: Poster Boy | April 12, 2012 at 02:42 PM

If he gem stupid dolphins no take,He must be "ACORN", Now I go eat Sea-Weed And dried shrimp at "SHRIMPDONALDS"

Matt Moore will be a star. Idiots

Two things, the last time the Dolphins drafted a QB or LB in the first round....?

The QB everyone knows was Dan Marino in 83 but the last time they drafted a LB in the first round... 84 w/ Jackie Shipp. And the only LB they've EVER drafted in the first round worth any salt was Kim Bokamper way back in 1976. So it should come as no surprise that the Dolphins are where they are with regard to personnel.

The second thing, can we get another column on that table to show how many starters Miami has gotten from the last several drafts?

Trade down, load up. draft QB next year.

You could argue that a great blitzing LB would would have the greatest impact by pushing our defense into elite status.

A great RT probably wouldn't have the same impact.

LMAO!! at Phuc Yu, you funny, but you still a dumb a**

But if you normalize it for actual available starting positions
QB - 22/1 = 22
RB - 18/1 = 18
FB - 8/1 = 8 (conservative FB is dying position)
WR - 42/2 = 21 (generous some team use 3 WR)
TE - 22/1 = 22 (little generous)
C - 18/1 = 18
G - 36/2 = 18
OT - 57/2 = 27.5
DE - 41/2 = 21.5
DT - 30/1.5 = 20 (~50% of team run 3-4)
LB - 58/3.5 = 16.6 (~50% of team run 3-4)
CB - 47/2 = 23.5 (generous some nickels probably included)
S - 49/2 = 24.5

Looking at it this way the QB doesn't fair so bad.

WTF do you mean by "acorn"? And stop changing your name dmooreiii or Phuc Yu, or whatever your name is

"SHRIMPDONALDS" still LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Makes wang big and strong" Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, still, still, LMAO!!!!!!!!! You still and idiot, though.

Ralph is right, with very few weapons on offense, a RT wouldn't have much impact

Sort of agree with Loysathings

Johnny Damon close to signing with Indians

Yankees sweep Orioles

Stupid Blog Post. Obvisously we need stars, and starters on draft day. All 32 teams also do.

This blog has been weak with post, and comment trolls. I'm going to listen to O.Kelly now.

Twins' Baker out for the season with elbow injury

I wanna see a wr or some sort of spark a sack maker is fine but though an OT is needed its not sexy.

Homes top 2 picks for the fish

Offensive line - DeCastro

Linebacker - Kuechly

So there u go

trade away # 8 move back just a few spots

then combine 2 third round draft picks and trade for another 1st round mid way

Sign both DeCastro & Kuechly

Both are "Elite" players

Both will start immediately

and Armando's graph reinforces Home's picks as immediate starters

have a HAARPy day :(

Great People from far east now control Banks,Entertainment,Sports, Look at Tiger Woods,Lin of NBA,Only thing America good for is being fat,Cowboys,and rank last in Education.This to easy for Phuc Yu, Please go shopping at K-Mart.

ralph

just 1 blitzing OLB? i hope we take at least 2. we also have a pretty decent part timer named Odrick. he has 6 sacks last year. Tony Sparano favorite Kendall "I never made an impact" Langford has 7.5 in his career.So glad Sparano is gone. Bill B. takes a guy and he's playing from day 1.Sparano keeps them pinned to the sideline to help him cheer field goals.

Ha, we owe you a load of money that you will never get back from us, we're playing ur a**, stupid a** Phuc Yu

For somebody from far east you sure do know how to spell correctly, Phuc Yu

Going to Dinner at "Yokohamma Fried Shrimp" Where Phuc Will have "General Yao's Fried shrimp"While lazy americans Go To kentucky Fried Chicken and eats Colonal's chicken., Everyone Know General out ranks Colonal Any day.Stupid americans

WTF are you talking about, and I thought you were going out to lunch. They must be slaving your a** over there at SONY.

Snap, It looks like maybe another O-Lineman, When will this ever end??
BTW, Ths guy Phuc-Yu Is funny as Shyt.

WTF are you talking about. And I thought you were supposed to be in lunch. SONY must be slaving your a**

Oh, I get it Phuc Yu works at the factory assembling products like iPads and iPhones for about 2 cents an hour. VP of public relations my a**

Who ever Idiot Ireland picks wont be right anyway, I wonder how the fan base will feel if the fish go 4 and 12?,I wonder if Dr. Philbin will be axed like cameron., Just wondering.

For the teams sake lets hope whoever Ireland picks, is the right pick. I thought he made the right pick in Pouncey last season. Center was a carousel the year before he got here.

IT'S MAMBO TIME WITH PEPITO! I AM VERY WELL HUNG, TAMBIEN!

Which of you here really wants to be associated with this group of pathetic bloggers?

Phuc Yu, you work for us, since you actually work for Apple assembling Apple's products. Apple is an american product, which all your people go crazy for over there, ha

I'Am one of 38 VPs At Sony corp, I make Mega Yens so I might Support my family of 9,Unlike lazy Americans who live on welfare and unemploymen., My Apertment In Yokkohamma is 450 Square meters, I bet your trailer is single wide. HAAHA, Stupid american.

Damn I'm bored

38 VPs, LMAO!!!!!!!!!! Phuc Yu, why Yu need so many VPs

And how "Yu" know I'm american, I never said what I was

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Much respect to Jeremy Lin, BTW

Enough, we don't need Tannehill at #8. We have Moore, Garrard, and Devlin(rookie project) We need the LB from Boston College (Kuechly), check my spelling, but the kid will remind you of a bigger, stronger, faster Zach Thomas. We have DE's with Wake, Odrick, Starks, and others. We need an immediate starter at #8. We can find WR's and DE's later in rounds 2-4.

David Decastro
Bobby Massie
Tommy Streeter
Bruce Irvin
Ladarius Green
Duke Ihenacho
Kellen Moore

nuff said.

Phuc Yu = Home

What happened to my little chihuahua Phuc Yu. Here boy, here boy

Armando, I want to read up to date information on my team and every day I confirm the sun sentinel is by far a better read. Are you even paying attention to what the team is actually doing? Your opinions get old are are not very insightful. Please try harder.

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